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The Wars of the Roses, or, The Bloodiest Game of Chess Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy has seldom been produced; Part 3 has had even fewer airings as a sole production. Part 3 was likely Shakespeare’s third play, and it has widely been considered flawed. Performed to little acclaim, even receiving negative notice from other contemporary tragedians, it was seldom restaged in the centuries following its late 16th-century premiere. It has been a neglected, lesser light in Shakespeare’s canon. Until recently. Over the last ten years, Henry VI, Part 3 has been revivified through adaptation. Many popular television series—Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Hollow Crown—were heavily inspired by this play and its trilogy. Henry VI, Part 3 contains more epic battles, family strife, backstabbing, and oath-breaking than any of Shakespeare’s other histories. This is the Bard’s take on the longest civil war in English history, the Wars of the Roses. The Wars comprise the strife between two houses, the Lancasters and the Yorks. The Lancasters, who came


into possession of the crown when Henry IV forced Richard II to abdicate, argue their right to the throne through inheritance. Yet, the Yorks contend that Richard, 3rd Duke of York, is rightful heir, being the great-grandson of King Edward III, who was the grandfather of Richard II—placing him next in line to the throne over Henry VI. After centuries in the shade, why has this play come to life for contemporary audiences? What is it about the nobles playing their bloody game of chess that excites us? Perhaps it’s the historical lore of the Plantagenet family we find fascinating. Maybe we enjoy watching nobles scramble for the throne. Or maybe, within all of us, there is an attraction to violence. How much violence will we gorge on before we crave “peace”? Can there ever truly be peace while people are hungry for power? —ALEX VERMILLION, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG

APRIL 11 AT 8PM APRIL 12 AT 4PM AND 8PM APRIL 13 AT 4PM Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street

2018–19 SEASON

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA James Bundy, Dean Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean Chantal Rodriguez, Associate Dean Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Assistant Dean

Artistic Staff

England and France, the 15th century.

Yaara Bar

There will be a ten-minute intermission.

Assistant Sound Designer/Engineer

Special Thanks

Yitong Huang Stage Management Student Supervisor


John A. Carlin

HENRY VI, PART 3 By William Shakespeare Directed by Logan Ellis

Production Staff Associate Production Manager

Ben Jones Technical Director

Laura Copenhaver Assistant Technical Director

Matthias Neckermann

Creative Team


Master Electrician

Rajiv Shah

Scenic Designer

in alphabetical order

Alexander McCargar

York, George, Lady Bona

Amelia Pizzoferrato

Costume Designer

Brandon E. Burton


Beatrice Vena Lighting Designer

Nic Vincent Projection Designer

Elena Tilli


John R. Colley Henry

Gregory Saint Georges Princess Edward, Rutland

Sound Designer and Original Music

Sarah Lyddan

Megumi Katayama


Production Dramaturg

Alex Vermillion Stage Manager

Jinghong “Kevin” Zhu

Rachel Kenney Unknown Soldier

Evelyn Giovine Richard

Scenic Charge

Stephen Marks Sean Preston Hudson Oz Henriëtte Rietveld Valerie Tu

Administration Associate Managing Director

Caitlin Crombleholme Assistant Managing Director

Caitlin Volz Management Assistant

Doireann Mac Mahon

Eliza Orleans Emma Perrin

Clifford, Elizabeth, King Louis

House Manager

Juliana Martínez Warwick

Ciara Monique McMillian Unknown Soldier

Dario Ladani Sanchez

Supported by The Benjamin Mordecai III Production Fund.


Assistant Projection Designer

Lisa D. Richardson Yale School of Drama productions are supported by the work of more than 200 faculty and staff members throughout the year.

Matt Daley, Chris Evans, Latiana (LT) Gourzong, Anna Grigo, Sean Preston, Kelsey Rainwater, Wladimiro Wonyo Rodriguez, Liam Bellman-Sharpe, Erin Sullivan, Camilla Tassi. The Studio Series productions are designed to be learning experiences that complement classroom work, providing a medium for students at Yale School of Drama to combine their individual talents and energies toward the staging of collaboratively created works. THE BENJAMIN MORDECAI III PRODUCTION FUND, established by a graduate of the School, honors the memory of the Tony Award-winning producer who served as Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, 1982–1993, and as Associate Dean and Chair of the Theater Management Department from 1993 until his death in 2005.

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HENRY VI, PART 3 by William Shakespeare, directed by Logan Ellis. Yale School of Drama 2019.  

HENRY VI, PART 3 by William Shakespeare, directed by Logan Ellis. Yale School of Drama 2019.  

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